With Memorial Day just around the corner, summer BBQs are a-comin' and with them, beer, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and dip... It's all going to tempt me beyond belief, especially once I have a few cocktails. So in an effort to maintain what I've worked so hard for, I've come up with a BBQ Game Plan.
It's strange, but for some reason spending 45 minutes on the elliptical feels unnatural when the weather starts warming up. It's like lying in a tanning bed when it's 80 degrees and sunny outside. Clearly, I've already grown tired and bored of my normal workout routine for the year. The solution? Exploring outdoor activities that will provide me with a sense of adventure as I tone up.
Too many times, my running activity is hindered by pain. After numerous doctor's visits and trips to the physical therapist, I've learned that chondromalacia patella or "Runner's Knee" is the cause. This is when your knee cap rubs against one side of the knee joint ... ugh, I just cringe at the thought of it.
New Year's Eve, many moons ago, I spent the end of the evening hugging the toilet at my parents' house. I recall my mother saying, in that all-too-knowing tone, "See Blair, alcohol is poison." "Thanks, Mom. Blahhhhh!" At that moment, while I agreed completely, I still felt like telling her to shut up. I needed her back there holding my hair, not scolding me for drinking "poison."
Aug 24, 2009
1) The LIVESTRONG.com Calorie Tracker If you're like me and often find yourself looking up the calorie content in everything, this one is for you. Not only does it help keep track of your daily calorie intake, but you can also see how many calories you've burned throughout the day.
Aug 17, 2009
Since establishing my own set of ideas about life, society and health, I've become immensely involved with holistic healing. I know, I sound like a total kook; but this stuff is not only interesting, it's also effective. I swear.
Aug 10, 2009
Around 3:00 PM everyday I hit an energy low. I get restless, tired, and cranky. Naturally I'll grab a latte to perk me up. But the caffeine fix really only lasts a few hours before I'm back where I started ... falling asleep in an inappropriate place. Like my desk. In the middle of a class. That only has 6 people in it.
I love spinning. It’s probably the most intense 30-45 minute sweat session I have, a) because the instructor pushes me super hard, b) because I like competing with the other people in the class (whoever goes the fastest wins, right?), and c) because I totally heart the rockin,’ music.
Studies have proven that liquid cleanses, like the juice cleanse, the infamous master cleanse, and even the water with lemon cleanse, are more harmful to the body than beneficial. Probably because girls tend to do them for weeks, even months at a time, to lose weight.
It's strange, but for some reason spending 45 minutes on the elliptical feels unnatural this time of year. It's like lying in a tanning bed when you it's 80 degrees and sunny outside. Clearly I've slightly, OK totally, abandoned my usual workout routine.
There have been countless instances where I've found myself shoveling nachos, ice cream or third helpings of dessert into my mouth. Realizing my own utter gluttony, I'll drop the spoon or the cheesey chip and think, "What in god's name am I doing?" Because the truth is I'm not even hungry.
When I started training for a half-marathon a few years back I was absolutely convinced that I would be in the best shape of my life. How could running at least 7 miles everyday not give me lean, sexy legs, rock hard abs, or toned arms?
As I've said in the past, I love feeling sore the day after a workout. It's a great indication that my body was challenged and fat was burned. Both very good things. However, there are times when I can't quite cope with how much pain I'm in. When it literally hurts to do anything, i.e. walk, sit, stand... laugh. Yeah, not so much fun.